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Name: Kate Ness

Burial Number: 1940

Gender: Female

Occupation: Governess

Born: 14/2/1880

Died: 27/1/1968

Buried: 01/02/1968


Kate Valentine Moon was born on 14th February 1882 in Hove, Sussex. She was the daughter of Thomas William Moon, 29yrs, an assistant in the wine trade, and Katharine Josephine Moon, 21yrs, nee Singleton, she had 4 siblings, Thomas E. b.1878, Eva b.1883, Maria b.1885, and Guy b.1887. In 1891 her father was a publican in Brighton running the Union Inn, Gloucester Road. When Kate was 12yrs old, her mother applied for, and was granted, a judicial separation from Kate’s father. *

In 1901, aged 21yrs, Kate (known as Kitty) was employed as a governess to the Eccles family in Sackfield Road, Hove. In 1906 Kate was living at 36, Bridge Road, Worthing, and on 16th June that year, she married Kenneth Carrington Ness, 29yrs, a dental surgeon, at Trinity Church, Hampstead, London. They lived in Finchley Road, Golders Green, London NW, and in 1907 their son, Ian Donald Kenneth Ness was born.

Kate’s husband had a great-aunt in Worthing, known as Madame Angela Eliza Brunet, she died in 1931 and he was granted probate of her estate, valued at £1.3m (2021 value). Shortly after, Kenneth retired and he and Kate moved to 88, Wallace Avenue, Worthing, a property they called The Little Manor.

In 1941 Kenneth died, aged 64yrs, leaving her his estate, £1.4m (2021 value). Kate remained in Worthing, she was living at 40, Mill Road, when she died, aged 87yrs, on 27th January 1968.

She left estate of £27903. Value 2021 – £508K.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Kate Ness

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 3 Plot: 26

Exact Location (what3words): taking.couple.seated

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


in loving memory of Angela Eliza Brunet died May 6th 1931 aged 96 years. Also of Kate Valentine Ness 1880-1968

Further Information


Name: Kate Valentine Ness

Gender: Female

Born: 14/2/1880

Town: Hove

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Moon

Marriage Date: 16/06/1896

Spouse First Name: Kenneth

Spouse Second Name: Carrington

Spouse Last Name: Ness

Town of Marriage: Hampstead

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 27/1/1968

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 40

Address line 3: Mill Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £27903 s d

Current value of effects: £508000

Census Information


Living at Denmark Villas, Hove, Sussex. Thomas W. Moon, 30yrs, Assistant in Wine Trade, wife, Kate J. 22yrs, 2 children, Thomas E. 2yrs, and Kate V. 1yr.


Living at 52, Beaconsfield Villas, Brighton, Sussex. Thomas W. Moon, 39yrs, Publican, wife, Kate J. 31yrs, 5 children, Thomas E. 12yrs, and Kate V. 11yrs, Eva, 8yrs, Marie, 6yrs, Guy, 4yrs,plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at 581, Finchley Road, London NW. Kenneth C. Ness, 33yrs, Dental Surgeon, wife, Kate Valentine, 30yrs, son, Ian Donald Kenneth Ness, 3yrs, visitor, Hilda Solomon, 25yrs, plus 1domestic servant.


Living at 581, Finchley Road, Hampstead, London.

Kenneth Parrington Ness
Male 43 Dental Surveyor Own Account
Kate Valentin Ness
Female 38 Home Duties
Mabel Eleanor Clewley
Female 33 General Domestic Servant Private

Miscellaneous Information

Kate’s parents. *

Kate Josephine Singleton married Thomas William Moon in 1878, she was 19yrs and he was 27yrs. Thomas’s father was a wine merchant, and he was his assistant. They had 5 children over the next 9yrs, the youngest being born in 1887. According to the court papers, Thomas had begun an affair in 1887 which was still ongoing in November 1892 when the application for a judicial separation was made, and the case was uncontested. The application was granted in February 1893, Kate’s mother was awarded custody of the children, and her legal costs of £31 17s 9d, (2021 value – £4,100). Thomas Moon had court costs of £25. (2021 value – £3,300). Kate was also entitled to future relief.